Shipra Bhattacharya has made her presence felt on the art scene since her first solo show in 1981. In her early works she portrayed life-scapes she saw everywhere with an immense zest for the figurative idiom and with finesse in execution. Her subjects were ordinary people, mostly women folk of the urban and non-urban milieu, painted with loving care in oil and mixed media for their formal and conceptual contours.
These were remarkable pictures peopled by diversely positioned figures designed in a richly complex or simple structure in schemes of piquant colors with splendid tonal and lineal flair. Her drawings in the mid-80s and later were by no means related to her paintings except in their well-honed execution. Their figures and forms, evoked in meticulous filigree of pen-and-ink hatchings, had strange awesome elfin looks. They enacted minor fantasies with lively gestures unlike any of the characters in her paintings.
What make her oils most delightful are her smooth brushwork and glowing tonalities of complementary hues often with a soft sensuous sheen. There is a tender dreamy painterly stillness in the faces of her characters and a lineal flow fleshing out the beauty of her homely women and their bright-colored saris in rhythmic furrows of folds and pleats. No doubt, within less than two decades, Shipra's art has scaled a new height.